Voters will go to the polls in Clarendon and Williamsburg Counties Tuesday to make their choices for an open legislative seat. The primary ballot on the Democratic side consists mainly of local elected officials, but most voters will likely be familiar with the one candidate who isn’t.
Voters will nominate their parties’ candidates for the House seat representing District 64– which includes the towns of Manning, Turbeville, Summerton, and also includes a sliver of Williamsburg County. The seat is in predominately Democratic territory, and was previously held by the late Cathy Harvin, who died in December. Harvin took over in 2006 upon the death of her husband Alex, who had represented the area for nearly 30 years.
The party has four names on the ballot Tuesday. In terms of experience, the list is highlighted by Manning mayor Kevin Johnson and former Clarendon County councilman Dwight Stewart. Clarendon 1 school board member Bernard Richburg is also running.
However, in terms of name recognition, it’s a fourth candidate on the ballot who easily wins. Former surprise Senate candidate Alvin Greene has done little campaigning for the position, although he does have website– the same one he used in his unsuccessful run against Senator Jim DeMint last year.
There are also a pair of Republicans running– retirees Derry Beard and Sonny Sanders. The GOP has not held the seat since Reconstruction.
The general election will be in April.